Cirque du Soleil Toruk – The First Flight stars visit O’Connor’s Circus Centre


Student on silk Cassandra Martin-Smith and Canadian Cirque du Soleil artist Antonia Dolhaine.
Student on silk Cassandra Martin-Smith and Canadian Cirque du Soleil artist Antonia Dolhaine.

STARS of Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight came to O’Connor on Tuesday as part of a special workshop with students at the Circus Centre ahead of their Perth season starting on Friday.

Australian performer Kristi Wade and Canadian performer Antonia Dolhaineshared their knowledge with the school’s aerial silk and aerial hoops enthusiastic students.

Owner Chris Mayhew own and run the Circus Centre said it was great to have a workshop in Perth with artists of this calibre.

“After over three hours of training, everyone left inspired and uplifted,” he said.

“They inspired and helped both my group of youth teen girls (12 to 17) many who are hoping to one day work in the industry.”

Toruk – The First Flight is touring Australia and will be at Perth Arena from Friday November 24, with the season extended to December 3.

The show is a prequel to James Cameron’s Avatar and is set thousands of years before the events of the film, so there are no humans in the production, only Na’vi and the creatures of Pandora including viperwolves, direhorses, the toruk and two new creatures designed and approved by Cameron and his team at Lightstorm – the austrapedes and a turtapedes.

The Circus Centre is holding a daily four-hour school holiday program in December and January.

For details visit www.thecircuscentre.com.au.

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